Head coach Cory Morrison is glad to have a healthy Samantha Henderson in his lineup.
The Weimar High School senior forward has been a valuable contributor offensively and defensively to open the girls basketball season.
She has performed well while wearing a knee brace, a reminder of her recovery from January surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last year. “It makes my knee feel stronger and more secure,” she said.
Henderson said she wasn’t able to train much for six months after the operation but said she is at full strength now. “It’s good,” she said about the knee. “I ice every day after practice.”
She had five rebounds, two points and a steal in the opener. She played more minutes in the next game, a 29-19 win over Bellville, and finished with six points, second most on the squad. She added five rebounds and four steals as the team improved to 2-0.
Morrison said he’s happy to see her respond to increased playing time. “She’s sore because that leg’s being used a lot,” he said. “She’s doing well.”
Henderson is among a number of the team’s players who pressure opponents into turnovers. Usually assigned to defend the point or shooting guard, she said, she relies on a strategy of “staying low and having fast feet” to disrupt opposing attacks.
The coach called the game against Bellville a physical one, like last year’s meeting that was low scoring as well. “The points inside are hard to come by,” he said. “We missed a lot of shots.”
Junior post Kennedy Koehn led the team with 10 points and nine rebounds.